New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the 3rd World Cup Match at Sophia Gardens on Saturday.
The Kiwis’ Matt Henry led the bowling unit to demolish through Sri Lanka’s batting lineup. Henry returned figures of 3-29, similar to Lockie Ferguson who picked up three wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 136 in 29.2 overs.
Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then struck unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target. The Kiwis won the game in 16.1 overs to register their third win in a World Cup game by 10 wickets. Guptill remained not out at 73, while Munro scored 58 had some trouble in smashing big shorts. Both the innings of Sri Lanka and New Zealand lasted for just 45 overs.
Earlier, Henry packed up Lahiru Thirimanne in the second ball of the innings. Then Karunaratne who returned to the One-Day squad after a gap of four years put a decent 42 runs for the second wicket with Kusal Perera.
However, in the 9th over Henry got Perera for 29 and Kusal Mendis without scoring on successive deliveries.
Later, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne stood out amid the ruins with his unbeaten 52 including a 52-run stand with Thisara Perera, who made 27 off 23 balls, to give his team’s total some respect.
However, the Sri Lankan batsmen collapsed without much interval ending at 136 in 29.2 overs.
Pacemen Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult and the team’s only spinner in the XI Mitchell Santner claimed a wicket each.
The Kiwis face Bangladesh on the 5th of June in London, while Sri Lanka Afghanistan in Cardiff on the 4th of June.